Masked Racism: Reflections on the Prison Industrial Complex

Angela Davis argues that the prison system is a form of curated racism that functions to "make disappear" members of society who are rendered economically and culturally disposable. 

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Imprisonment has become the response of first resort to far too many of the social problems that burden people who are ensconced in poverty. These problems often are veiled by being conveniently grouped together under the category "crime" and by the automatic attribution of criminal behavior to people of color. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages.  Read more...